Yahoo has learned, and is taking corrective measures. The only difference is that they inherited Overture’s antiquated infrastructure. Panama is their ticket to a higher yield.]]> Read More
< ![CDATA[Reader John (of the New Scientist) writes: We constantly play with where our subscription barrier falls and use site analytics to measure the effect of these tests. While deep linking is your preferred model we are also interested in sponsored-access to content, releasing articles based on their age, releasing articles if there is exceptional interest in them, barrier access holidays, one-click free, and so on and so forth…. Oh, and because of the high interest in the Bruce Sterling article we decided to extend the free access – enjoy.]]> Read More
< ![CDATA[Reader Salman writes: To be truly disruptive in a market…you need to start at the low end…that’s how Google’s advertising engine / network became so powerful. But Google seems to be acting in a non-disruptive way in two important high growth markets, by concentrating on ‘big corporate deals’ with ‘big corporate customers’ – those markets are: Video, where it is striking deals with the likes of MTV, and online (non-text) advertising, where it is wooing big customers like GM.]]> Read More
< ![CDATA[Reader JG writes: Junk pages and splogs are one thing (see this Motley Fool article), but even worse is the whole issue of journalistic or other text that is written so as not to offend Adsense, and thus not lose advertising dollars (see here for example).
As the entire economic model of the web increasingly comes to rely on this sort of contextual advertising, I think there is an honest concern over what effect this is having on journalism.]]> Read More
< ![CDATA[Reader Narendra writes: Google has not yet been able to index the 420 million photos that live on Webshots and have a wealth of metadata associated with them. They need to focus on improving their crawling ability and be able to play with large existing systems like Webshots and Flickr to improve relevance instead of forays into odd and ambiguous user annotation]]> Read More
Reader JG writes: We as Web 2.0-enlightened people all believe that consumers are now content creators, right? So isn’t a query I’ve typed essentially a “performance”? And if not a query, then a whole series of queries? A whole series of queries is pretty substantive, as we have all found out recently. Don’t I, as the “performer” of those queries, have a right to control their re-publication, as per the DMCA?
Reader Random Googler writes: So, I work at Google, and …to imagine that we’re not doing research constantly seems bizarre to me. The question of “yes, but how much basic research” you’re doing also seems weird to me. When running your company involves solving fundamental problems in computer science and mathematics, that’s what you do as your bread and butter….If Microsoft is really going to throw up charts and graphs, it’d be interesting to see their cumulative spending on R&D in their sixth year of existence as compared to Google’s…it appears … that Microsoft has spent nearly 40 billion dollars on R&D (cumulative) to produce a business that has about 40 billion a year in revenue.
Reader JG writes: The problem is: How does Kinderstart actually go about proving “manual intervention”?
Reader Brian writes: @Home bought glamour companies like Excite! and Blue Mountain Arts, which gave rise to potential competitive issues which got them further away from their core business, which was delivering high-speed Internet services to as many cable subscribers as possible. The media spin on “do no evil” plays far differently with Google than with News Corp.]]> Read More